Zabaldica was another pleasant hamlet and had an old church, with its overgrown yard and cracked walls that had seen better days. I wondered how many parishioners attended the churches in these hamlets. Better yet, how many people were left in these hamlets? Nearby, a beautiful stone house had attached to its walls a lovely lilac shrub in full bloom. I could smell the scent from across the road but walked right up to a flower for closer whiff. I closed my eyes as my mind and body ingested the sweet smell… From Page 41, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days. I don’t know why, but the scent of lilac always makes me feel great.
On my last post, On the Camino de Santiago, The Pyrenees to Zubiri, Spain, I completed my first day on the French Way. It was a day full of excitement, but also one that was very tiring. Now, I’ll continue my journey on the Camino de Santiago. Even if you don’t have my book, you can still enjoy this post, and learn more about walking the French Way or Camino Francés (map from Wikipedia Commons).
The path out of Zubiri was mostly dirt and gravel except for stretches that had recently been covered with stones. The condition of the Camino early on in Navarra, for the most part, was excellent.
I stopped for a moment to watch these beautiful horses graze in a field, underneath the trees in bloom.
Whitewashed and stone houses in the hamlet of Osteritz, about two kilometers from Zubiri.
The stone bridge over the Río Arga, entering Larrasoaña. The walk to this point had been very pleasant, except for some mud and one hill. The Arga was very prominent in this area, as much of the walk from Zubiri to Pamplona was along the Arga Valley.
Larrasoaña was a typical Camino village with one long main road through the center. Some homes had coats of arms over their entrances. The road was mostly deserted. Pilgrims who had stayed in Larrasoaña had left much earlier.
The Camino along the highway outside Larrasoaña. Care had to be taken while walking along the busy highways. If I have my information correct, it was along this stretch that a Canadian woman was hit by a car and killed a few years before.
My eyes fixated on a tiny white cross that sat on top of a jagged, rocky outcrop or peak.
The church in the hamlet of Irotz.
In Zabaldica, the stone house with the lilac.
The Río Ulzama from the bridge. Short man-made waterfalls spanned the river.
Two more views: from the bridge and from the side.
Just across the bridge in Arre. It was siesta and except for pilgrims and the odd local, the streets were deserted.
The quiet main road in Arre.
The Edificio Besta-Jira in the suburb of Villava. This building was originally built in 1911 as a casino. However, it didn’t last long as a casino and was soon taken over by the church.
The Palacio Uranga in Burlada, possibly with some design influence by the Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudí.
This sculpture was just outside the Palacio Uranga.
The colorful and decorative façade of a home along the Camino in Burlada.
In Burlada, I took off my boot to find the beginning of my first blister. From that point on, blisters would be an important and often painful factor during each day of my Camino.
I hope you enjoyed this post, as I will stop in the suburb of Burlada. On my next post, On the Camino de Santiago in Pamplona, Spain, I’ll cross the Magdalena Bridge, and focus solely on the great city of Pamplona. Please join me.
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